The Cubs got off to a fast start in their home opener against the Pirates today, leaping out to a 6-0 lead with a six-run second inning. Things got bad to start the third, however, as starter Jon Lester was pulled from the game with an apparent injury.
Lester went to an 2-0 count to the first batter he faced in the third, at which point Joe Maddon and team trainers came out to the mound, apparently thinking something was not quite right. Lester must’ve convinced them he was fine as he stayed in the game, but after one more ball, a get-me-over strike and then giving up a single, Maddon pulled Lester from the game.
Jordan Bastian, the Cubs beat writer for MLB.com tweeted that something looked “off” with Lester’s finish on his pitching in the inning and wonders if Lester, who ran the bases and slid twice during the Cubs’ six-run inning, may have hurt himself.
We will obviously update you when we know what’s what.
UPDATE: The Cubs just announced that it was left hamstring tightness:
NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.
Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).
Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).
Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).
MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.
This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.
In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.
Expanded video review started in 2014.